SPECIAL: The 25 Greatest Computer-Animated Movies

Image: Buena Vista Pictures

Image: Buena Vista Pictures

Chris Luckett

In the late ‘90s, it was hard to discern why exactly the golden renaissance of Disney, going so strong in 1994 with The Lion King, dissipated so suddenly. With the benefit of hindsight, the biggest reason was the release of the first feature-length computer-animated movie in 1995, Pixar’s Toy Story.

In less than a decade, computer-animated movies had become so advanced and such a box office draw, even Disney shuttered their hand-drawn animation studio down in 2004 and switched to 100% computer-animated fare.

As the cost of computer animation has decreased, more and more computer-animated movies have flooded movie theatres, with fewer being any good, but great ones still exist. Some even outshine that first Pixar feature from 21 years ago. These are the best examples of what modern animation can achieve.

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BAFTA AWARDS 2016: The Winners

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Chris Luckett

There are dozens of movie awards shows, and dozens more that don’t even have broadcasted ceremonies. While the Academy Awards may be considered the pinnacle here, every country has their equivalent, and arguably no country’s comes as close to Oscar’s prestige as the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards.

In the wake of Valentine’s Day yesterday, many missed the late-night headlines of the winners at last night’s awards ceremony, generally considered to be the best prognosticator of the eventual winners of the Oscars (if you take the Guilds out of the equation). Curious about what to put down for your Oscar pool next week? Until my final predictions are posted, these results may be your best bets. Continue reading

REVIEW: Inside Out

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

When Batman Begins came out in 2005, it was met with rapturous applause from many critics and audiences. While some was deserved, a large factor was also that audiences had been living through a drought of diminished returns in campy sequels like Batman & Robin and the near-decade-long absence of Batman movies thereafter.

By the time a good Batman movie finally arrived, audiences went overboard praising its greatness. In the years since, opinions have cooled a bit on Christopher Nolan’s Batman debut. (It’s also a lot harder to argue Batman Begins’ greatness when it gets discussed alongside the truly great The Dark Knight.) All of which is to say that you will hear of lot of hyperbolic praise for Inside Out in the coming days – and some of it already feels a bit reminiscent of 2005.

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